After all the changes over the past several years, I think I have finally come to terms with the fact that Giant Bomb isn't for me anymore. I discovered Giant Bomb in early 2012 and have been a subscriber and listened to every single Bombcast (and Beastcast) over that period of time. I rarely interact with the video content and am almost exclusively a podcast listener, but the podcasts alone have been enough for me to maintain my subscription over all these years. Giant Bomb has weathered many blows over the years, from the loss of Ryan, to the departure of the Big 3 (Vinny, Brad, Alex), to Jeff's dismissal, and for the most part they have been able to soldier on. Jeff was the last link that really connected me to the site, but I still wanted to give the new talent a chance and I continued listening on a weekly basis. The podcasts weren't anything near the level that they had attained in the past, but there was still enough there to keep me coming back. Unfortunately, following the latest layoffs of Jess and Jason (among others), I feel the podcast has taken a huge step backwards and has not recovered.
I don't really know why I'm posting this or what I'm looking to get out of it. The obvious answer is, if you don't enjoy the podcast, just stop listening to it. It has taken me awhile to get to that point, but now I am finally there. I have fallen a little bit behind on the podcast and I'm listening to episode 775 as I type this, but I think that is going to my last episode. I will also not be renewing my subscription when it expires in December. The thing that feels really weird is the reluctance to sever the connection with the site that I have been a member of for over 10 years. I do feel a sense of loyalty to the site, even though so much of it has changed. I almost feel guilty for moving on, similar to a relationship that has flamed out but people stay in it because they are afraid of hurting the other person (I was always terrible about breaking up with people). I have come to the realization that it's time to get out, but that doesn't make it any easier.
Anyway, I still wish the best for Giant Bomb, and I hope other people are still enjoying the content. Hopefully the current team can find a way to stick around and evolve the site, and I'll leave the door open to giving them another shot in the future should things change significantly. I'm not expecting any big hoorah out of this post, but I guess I would just like to thank everyone who has been a part of Giant Bomb and has provided over 10+ years of enjoyable content for me. Good luck to everyone in the future!